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Charleston newspaper places gun ad over church shooting headline

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 09:22

Charleston newspaper places gun ad over church shooting headlineA Charleston newspaper is apologizing after an ad for a gun shop ran on its front page article about the Emanuel AME Church shooting that left nine people dead Wednesday night.

Military contractor's Virginia medical license revoked

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 09:09
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The medical license of a government contractor was revoked Friday after Army medical students testified about a series of bizarre, invasive and sexually tinged battlefield-trauma procedures he subjected them to.

Chief: Man killed officer so he would be killed by police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 09:01

30 a.m. in the Madisonville neighborhood, Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said. Both died at a Cincinnati hospital. (Cincinnati Police Department via AP)CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati's police chief says a man suspected of fatally shooting an officer apparently wanted police to kill him in what the chief described as "suicide by cop."

Police union leader: Activists 'liars' and 'race-baiters'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 09:01
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — For five days after an officer shot a Sudanese refugee on a Louisville street corner, small groups held vigils, stacked flowers on the sidewalk and took to social media to rant about the police.

Push to fix Philadelphia's aging water mains after 2 major breaks

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 08:57

Push to fix Philadelphia's aging water mains after 2 major breaksAfter two major water main breaks in less than a week, Philadelphia lawmakers are calling for better policies for replacing the city's aging infrastructure.

Mormon church to make available records of 4 million freed slaves

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 08:53
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) has sponsored a non-profit organization called FamilySearch, which made the announcement alongside senior LDS officials in Los Angeles on the 150th anniversary of "Juneteenth," the day when word reached the last group of slaves that the Civil War was over and they were free. "One of our key beliefs is that our families can be linked forever and that knowing the sacrifices, the joys and the paths our ancestors trod helps us to know who we are and what we can accomplish," Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles told the launch.

Crews search in New Mexico for missing ex-White House chef

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 08:36

FILE - In this July 27, 2004 file photo, outgoing White House chef Walter Scheib greets chefs from around the world at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. Authorities are searching by air and ground in a rugged New Mexico mountain range for Scheib, reported missing on a solo hike. New Mexico State Police said Friday, June 19, 2015 that they have no leads yet on Scheib, 61, the White House chef for 11 years under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Scheib recently moved from Florida to Taos, N.M., and reportedly went for a hike last Saturday in the mountains near the Taos Ski Valley.(AP Photo/Matt Houston, Files)TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities on Friday again searched by air and ground in a rugged New Mexico mountain range for a former White House chef reported missing on a solo hike.

California water districts challenge state's drought order

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 08:31
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Three California irrigation districts sued the state on Friday, claiming officials overstepped their authority by ordering farmers with some of the strongest water rights to stop pumping from some rivers during the drought.

Comcast founder Ralph Roberts dies at 95

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 08:23

FILE- In this March 11, 2010, file photo, Comcast Corporation founder Ralph Roberts, attends a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on consumers, competition, and the proposed Comcast-NBC merger, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Roberts, a businessman with a gentle demeanor who built Comcast from a small cable TV system in Mississippi into one of the nation's largest entertainment companies, has died. He was 95. Comcast said in a statement that Roberts died Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Philadelphia of natural causes. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Ralph Roberts, a cable pioneer who built Comcast from a small cable TV system in Mississippi into an entertainment and communications behemoth, has died. He was 95.

Cincinnati officer killed by suspect who called police himself

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 08:06
Officer Sonny Kim, 48, the first to respond to the call, was shot by Trepierre Hummons, 21, who in turn was killed in a gunfight with other officers, Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell told a news conference. "The suspect posted on Facebook just prior to the shooting and sent several text messages to friends indicating, or demonstrating, that he was planning suicide by cop," Blackwell said. Hummons fired on a county probation officer who came to Kim's aid and then wrestled Kim's service weapon from him while he was lying wounded in the street and used it to fire at a third officer, who ended the gunfight, Blackwell said.

Jewish family appeals ruling in Nazi-seized masterpiece

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 08:05
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Jewish family has appealed a federal California judge's ruling declaring that a museum in Spain is the rightful owner of a painting seized from a woman fleeing Nazi Germany in 1939.

Parade, large rally celebrate NBA champion Warriors

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 07:57

Golden State Warriors fans cheer from the sidewalk holding pictures of players Stephen Curry, left, and Clay Thompson as they wait for the start of the NBA basketball team's world championship parade in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 19, 2015. In a rare moment of glory, Oakland will shine in the national spotlight as the Golden State Warriors parade through the city with their NBA championship trophy. (AP Photo/ Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The streets of Oakland were awash in yellow and blue as hundreds of thousands of fans watched and cheered the Golden State Warriors victory parade, which has been 40 years in the making.

Japanese tourist dies hiking at Grand Canyon in hot weather

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 07:56
A 36-year-old Japanese tourist has died from apparent heat-related complications while hiking at Grand Canyon National Park amid scorching temperatures, a park official said on Friday. The man, whose name was not immediately released, died after trying to make his way back out from the bottom of the canyon along the popular Bright Angel Trail with a small group on Thursday, said park spokeswoman Emily Davis. Temperatures on the trail at the time exceeded 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 Celsius), and an excessive heat warning had been issued by the National Weather Service, Davis said.

Obama: Church shooting exposes 'blight' of racism, need for gun laws

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 07:55
President Barack Obama on Friday said a mass shooting at a black church in South Carolina exposed the "blight" of racism still present in America, and railed against critics who have accused him of politicizing a tragedy to talk about tougher gun laws. Obama, speaking to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, said the murder of nine people at an historic African-American church in Charleston shows the need for vigilance against racism. "The apparent motivations of the shooter remind us that racism remains a blight that we have to combat together," Obama said.

A look at statements to Charleston church shooting suspect

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 07:41

Dylann Roof appears Friday, June 19, 2015, at a bond hearing court in North Charleston, S.C. Roof is charged with nine counts of murder and firearms charges in the shooting deaths Wednesday night at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston. (Grace Beahm/The Post And Courier via AP)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Representatives for the families of some of the nine victims of a fatal shooting at a black church in Charleston addressed shooting suspect Dylann Roof in court just ahead of a bond hearing Friday. Roof appeared via video link and seemed to show no emotion as family members spoke, showing anger, sadness and even forgiveness.

White House says Obama believes Confederate flag belongs in museum

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 07:38
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - President Barack Obama believes the Confederate flag belongs in a museum, the White House reiterated on Friday in the wake of a deadly shooting of nine black South Carolinians.

In South Carolina, shootings reignite debate over Confederate flag

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 07:38

File photo of the Confederate flag flying outside the South Carolina State House in ColumbiaThe shooting of nine black churchgoers in Charleston this week has revived demands that South Carolina stop flying the Confederate flag on the state house grounds, an issue that still divides residents of a state haunted by its legacy of slavery. The flag of the Confederacy, a blue saltier emblazoned with white stars on a red background, has fluttered near the state legislature since the early 1960s when it was put up during the peak of the civil rights movement.

NAACP president takes aim at Confederate flag after church killings

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 07:38
NAACP President Cornell Brooks said on Friday the Confederate flag must come down following the slayings of nine African-Americans in a Charleston, South Carolina, by a white man who reportedly told police he wanted to incite a race war. "We cannot have the confederate flag waving in the state capital," Brooks, head of the oldest civil rights organization in the United States, said at an appearance in Charleston. The Confederate battle flag, a vestige of the Civil War, continues to fly over state grounds.

Families of South Carolina church massacre victims offer forgiveness

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 07:36

A note on the sidewalk includes photos of the nine who were killed at a memorial in front of the Emanuel AME Church on Friday, June 19, 2015 in Charleston, S.C. Dylann Storm Roof, 21, is accused of killing nine people during a Wednesday night Bible study at the church. ( Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUTAs the young white man charged with murdering nine people inside an historic black church in South Carolina stood blankly silent during a court hearing on Friday, relatives of slain worshippers addressed him one by one, offering tearful words of grief and forgiveness. Dylann Roof, 21, who authorities say spent an hour in Bible study with parishioners at the nearly 200-year-old Emanuel African Methodist Church before opening fire on them, stood quietly, stoically, as he appeared via video feed for an initial bond hearing before a magistrate judge. Dressed in a black-and-white prison uniform and flanked by two guards in body armor, Roof showed no reaction as the judge ordered him held without bail.

Prosecutors wrap up emotional case in theater shooting trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 07:31

FILE- In this Jan. 13, 2015 file photo, Ian Sullivan holds up a collage memorializing his late 6-year-old daughter Veronica, who was killed by shooter James Holmes in the 2012 Aurora movie theater mass shooting, at Sullivan's home in Evergreen, Colo. The judge in the Colorado theater shooting trial says the jury can hear testimony from Veronica's mother Ashley Moser, who was paralyzed and suffered a miscarriage in the attack that left her 6-year-old daughter Veronica dead. In a ruling announced Thursday, June 18, Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. also said prosecutors can briefly show jurors a photo of Veronica. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting trial were wrapping up their case Friday against James Holmes after eight weeks of testimony in which they sought to show that the former neuroscience student meticulously planned and carried out the 2012 massacre while knowing it was wrong.